Today's Featured Books— Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

My Canvas Bag by Lucas Kinkaid

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

“The book is very emotional; it is well-written, and you actually feel like you're going through the emotional turmoil yourself.” -reader review. Mark’s parents drink too much and he’s often forgotten. He escapes this by spending time in the woods with items he keeps in a canvas bag. Mark gets angry and makes mistakes in his life. He works hard to overcome them. He discovers his ability to write, and his life is changed forever. From $2.99 SHOP NOW


The Times of Our Lives by Arlene Kinnavy

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Written especially for seniors, this book is about all of the caring, hard work, and thoughts still felt by an aging population. We leave a legacy behind us of how to live life with humor and positive thoughts, which were in our world years ago. Divided into seven sections, this is a lovely coffee table book incorporating poetry and illustration. From $29.63 SHOP NOW


FREE - Billy Scarlet by Savannah and Zeke Parker

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

In this teen/young adult adventure, young Billy Scarlet tries to find her way. Born the bastard child of a governor’s daughter and a pirate, she always felt there was something more to who she was. After the man who raised her is killed, Billy and her friends, Clara and Davy, turn to a life at sea as ship’s boys, hiding the fact that Billy and Clara are girls. When they are discovered and put off the ship, they meet a man who tells them of a life they once lived that neither of them can remember. They are soon thrust into an epic battle with an immortal sea captain who will stop at nothing to kill them. FREE - SHOP NOW


FREE - Seven Tales of Love by Linda Mahkovec

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"A delightful little book... Each story had its own unique flavor so there's something for everyone." -Goodreads review. Seven brief tales depict various expressions of love – unwanted, unrequited, passionate, and enduring — from the bright beginnings of youth, through the doubts and changes of middle age, to the comfort and familiarity of old age. "Each one is like a gem, subtle and beautiful in its own way.” -Amazon review. "The slim collection [offers] a view of romance that is achievable rather than an impossible dream." -Kirkus. FREE - SHOP NOW


The Paris Soulmate by Brooke Gilbert

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Reeling from the reality of turning thirty soon, Christine decides to take her bucket list trip. She’s dreamed of going back to Paris, but since being diagnosed with several rare autoimmune disorders, she never imagined she’d get the chance. Now, she finds herself on the way to the city of love with an unexpected surprise…an extremely handsome British stranger has mysteriously fallen onto her path. 4.4 stars, 40 ratings on Amazon. 100+ Goodreads reviews. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


FREE - Warriors of the Forgotten Way by Nate Wagner

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

In the spring of 1870, Cade Wilson is one of three orphans of the American Civil War who meet a samurai warrior from Japan in the northern New Mexico Territory. The warrior trains the young men in the samurai way, and the samurai cowboys use their deadly new skills to ruthlessly increase and defend their master’s land holdings before the expansion of the railroad. All is going according to plan—until Cade decides he wants out. FREE - SHOP NOW


Ekstasis - The Return of the Sovereign Heart by M. I. Dugast

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

“Dugast has woven a magical story that will leave readers stunned and catch their breath.” -Literary Titan. Together, they are the keys to mankind’s original blueprint. Apart, they must communicate through the pages of time. Can their spirits rejoin in the physical realm and save humanity from oblivion? "A surprising new take on the Adam and Eve concept which is really, really deep. Recommended." -Readers Favorites. Watch a trailer for the book here. 4.6 stars. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


What Binds Us by K.Q. Edwards

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Mother and daughter. Once best friends, now distant. Catherine and her daughter, Maya, are both navigating various stages of adulthood. Catherine is coming to terms with her husband's passing, and Maya is trying to figure out what direction to take her life. When an unexpected incident brings Maya back home, Catherine has to learn to navigate parenting her adult daughter while Maya has to learn how to really become an adult during a turbulent time. With grace and candor, the two navigate unanticipated challenges, coming to terms with their past. From $4.99 SHOP NOW


FREE - Breathe by Dan Sage

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

A collection of poetry that witnesses the transformative healing journey from dark to light. Through love, loss, trauma, and ultimately, transcendence, Dan Sage's first major poetry collection of nearly 70 poems will remind you that you are not alone and that there is a way through hardship via acceptance, expression, and gratitude. Readers say: "Breathe is a breath of fresh air for those carrying pain and a lesson on how to release and let go of that pain." And "Resonates with broken hearts, healing, and a journey of self-growth." FREE - SHOP NOW


The Five Wishes of Mr. Murray McBride by Joe Siple

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

At age 100, Murray has outlived everyone he's ever loved. But when he meets Jason, a 10-year-old boy with a terminal illness, Murray may learn something about finding meaning in life as he helps his young friend fulfill his last wishes. Together, they race against the limited time each has left, ticking off wishes one by one. Along the way, Murray remembers what it's like to be young, and Jason fights for the opportunity to grow old. But an unexpected gift is the only thing that can make Jason's final wish come true. 4.7 stars, 8000+ ratings. From $1.99 SHOP NOW


FREE - Lost in Beirut by Ashe and Magdalena Stevens

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

A young American travels to a foreign land seeking adventure and finds unexpected love, moments before Lebanon tips into war overnight. Running away from rocket fire, in the darkest of moments, his spirit awakens. Lost in Beirut, reads like a suspenseful romance, immersing you in an unforgettable journey through danger and spiritual enlightenment. FREE - SHOP NOW


Another Fuggin' War Story by Herald E. Paetow

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

This story is written by a lifelong pothead. Me. Most of it is probably true, buy maybe exaggerated. What I can tell you is how overwhelming it is to have someone's life in my hands while secretly wondering what the hell to do next. But I'll keep my guys alive if it's the last thing I do, then I'll find some trouble to get into because life's too short not to have a little fun. The waiting joint is my reward. Let's hope I can stay out of my C.O.'s line of sight. Not a task as easy as you'd think. 4.1 stars, 347 ratings. From $2.99 SHOP NOW


Christmastime 1940: A Love Story by Linda Mahkovec

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"A charming, heartwarming tale." -Kirkus Reviews. This series takes place on the home front during WWII and tells the story of an unlikely romance between a struggling young mother trying to make a fresh start and a man who has lost his connection to humanity. “Magnificent! I’m hooked.” -Amazon review. 4.6 Stars on Amazon, 416 reviews. 4.5 stars, 469 ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW 


FREE - Ruby's Story by Holly Schindler

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

From an award-winning author, a prequel to her most popular series. Find out how Ruby returned to Sullivan, opening the supper club that became the stuff of Christmas Eve legends. On a whim, Ruby arrives back in her girlhood hometown of tiny Sullivan, Missouri. Against the backdrop of a city navigating mid-century social and technological upheavals, Ruby begins to relive her past and the love she lost there. "There is, or should be, some Ruby in all of us and Ms. Schindler helps us find her in grand style with tears and smiles." -Amazon review. 4.3 stars, 128 ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW


Christmas at Blue Hydrangeas by Marianne Sciucco

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"This story will pull on your heart. Have Kleenex nearby." -reader review. It's Christmas Eve at Blue Hydrangeas, a Cape Cod inn. While Sara waits for her husband and son to arrive home, a blizzard threatens to close the bridges, stranding all travelers. As she prepares their holiday feast, unexpected visitors arrive, all sharing the common bond of grief. Will Jack make it home for Christmas? Will Santa find two children far from home? Will it ever stop snowing? “The few tears sprinkled into this story add all the more to its worth, warmth, and hope.” -reader review. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Stories for the 12 Days of Christmas by Linda Mansfield

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

It's a baker's dozen of modern Christmas short stories to help you get into the Christmas spirit, remind you of the real reason for the season, and become a part of your Christmas traditions for years to come. Written for teens through seniors, men and women, to provide 13 short breaks during the hectic Christmas season, each story takes 10-15 minutes to read. "Perfect for a few moments with your morning cup of coffee, or in the evening with a glass of wine." -reader review. From $2.99 SHOP NOW


Wise Men and Other Stories by Mike O'Mary

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Stories from real life that blend humor and poignancy in the tradition of Robert Fulghum, Bill Bryson, and other American humorists. The essays in this collection were read as part of “Morning Edition” on Northern Illinois Public Radio and published in the Sunday magazines of the Chicago Tribune, Denver Post, Baltimore Sun, Cleveland Plain Dealer, and elsewhere. Enjoy this collection of humorous and thoughtful essays this holiday season and for many holidays to come. From $2.99 SHOP NOW


A Giant Comes: A Literary Dark Comedy by A.J. Saxmsa

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

A powerful and moving tale written in a distinctive style that invokes the fables and parables of old, with themes as tragically modern as today's breaking news. A boy delivers a very important package to an elderly man. When the man refuses to accept it, the boy demands to know why. The man answers with a tale of a traveler who brings a village a grim warning and a skeptical orphan the traveler takes under his wing. The warning disrupts the village, and the orphan begins to wonder if there are worse things than the giant they say comes. From $5.99 SHOP NOW / 


The Black Sheep by Rebecca Suzanne

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Every family has one. Abigayle Carmichael is her family’s greatest failure. Choosing the path of art instead of settling down into the heteronormative life that society and her mother bullied her siblings into pursuing, she became the black sheep of her family. And when they deny any value to the accomplishments and accolades she acquires through her successful career, she makes the choice to leave them for good. Running away from their clutches, she purchases her dream home in a small town far enough away from Portland that they can’t find her. From $15 SHOP NOW


FREE - The Little Queen by Kevin Hincker

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

They created her, then took her reason to live. But when the Little Queen, a mother without a hive, adopts Anthony, a grieving boy, she will sacrifice anything to save what she finds: a powerful new kind of family. "The imagery is sharp and powerful, and the themes are poignant yet brilliantly knowledgeable. The book's intelligent design lends itself to being a commentary on current climate issues and the idea of a world without bees. It was truly unlike any other book I have ever read before." -Reedsy Discovery, Dec 2022. FREE - SHOP NOW


Distant Flickers: Stories of Identity & Loss

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"These pieces are powerful and moving, and they speak to the enormous depths of emotions of human beings as they somehow make their way through life." ~Charles French, PhD. A sinister woman accustomed to getting everything she wants. A down-on-his-luck cook who stumbles on goodness. A young mother who hides $10 she received from a stranger. The boy who collects secrets. "I enjoyed all the stories in the collection immensely. You couldn’t ask for a more satisfying variety of approaches to both identity and loss." ~Luanne Castle, PhD. From $2.99 SHOP NOW


Street Smart x 7: A Street Smart Series Omnibus, Alison M. Lews, Editor

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Now together under the same cover for the first time: all seven numbers of Frayed Edge Press’ Street Smart Series of Short Fiction—novelette-length works featuring contemporary urban settings. Paris authorities place the homeless in unused train cars. A rookie police officer in Hawaii races against time and lava to solve the almost perfect crime. A Philadelphia college professor takes an unplanned trip to NYC and runs into more than she expected. A Baltimore private eye is convinced to steal an unusual piece of Hollywood memorabilia. And more! From $5.99 SHOP NOW


Five Shorts and a Brief: A Short Collection of Short Stories by Nate Littlefield

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

A unique collection of five select short stories and a work of flash fiction, from the author of the Southern Waters Adventure Series. Within this collection, you will find: “The Troll Under the Bridge,” “Returns Policy,” “The Death of Arnie Richardson,” “What My Dad Got Me,” and “The Sisters Searcy.” Enjoyed as a standalone story or an introduction to the series, “Anniversary Blues” is set within the Southern Waters Adventure series world. There’s truly something in this collection for everyone! From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Permanent Home: A Memoir by Mary Ellen Gambutti

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

This memoir traces the 1950s and 1960s childhood of an adopted Air Force daughter. Her anxiety and sense of loss coincide with restlessness and stormy resentment in her teens. Sad longing, then determination to know her truthful origins culminates at age forty. A stroke in mid-life underscores her need to claim selfhood. This is an anthology of published essays and colorful vignettes. From $2.99 SHOP NOW


Saying Goodbye to the People, Places, and Things in Our Lives

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"Tender perspectives helping readers with their own goodbyes." -Midwest Book Review. A collection of true stories about saying goodbye to the people, places, and things in our lives. This is a powerful book that includes a number of sad stories, as well as some very funny ones. Taken together, the stories serve as amazing examples of people saying heartfelt goodbyes with grace, dignity, and good humor. "The stories are about love, really, not sadness." -Gretchen Little, Squidoo.com. 4.2 stars, 40 ratings. From $2.99 SHOP NOW